It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the Shorecrest Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Nancy L. Spencer
as our new Head of School, effective July 1, 2020. The Board’s decision followed the enthusiastic, unified recommendation of the Search Committee and the positive feedback received from all members of the school community: administration, faculty, staff, parents/guardians, past parents, alumni and students.
Mike Murphy will continue to lead our school until June 30, 2020, with the same passion and dedication that has been the hallmark of his 14-year tenure as Headmaster of Shorecrest. Mike will be an instrumental part of the team ensuring a seamless transition of our school’s leadership.
Nancy brings a wealth of experience from teaching, coaching, admissions, marketing and college counseling. Nancy currently serves as Associate Head of School at Westminster School in Simsbury, CT, where she has been in various roles since 2005. During the previous 10 years, Nancy was Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Bullis School outside of Washington, D.C. (coincidentally, a school that Mike Murphy attended for a post graduate year after high school).
In addition to her wide breadth and depth of independent school experience, Nancy has an impressive educational background with a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, a Master of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
Nancy and her husband, John Sandoval (a 35-year independent school teacher of art and history and a swimming and diving coach), have two children; Stan graduated from Columbia University in 2017, and Sally will graduate from Dartmouth this spring.
Nancy is honored to step into this role, saying, “I am thrilled to be joining the Shorecrest community. It’s such an exciting opportunity to build on the strengths of this amazing educational environment. John and I look forward to being a part of the Shorecrest family.”
The Shorecrest Head of School was a highly sought-after position given the reputation our community enjoys in the independent school arena. After an extensive nationwide search and a thorough search process, your Board firmly believes that Nancy Spencer is an absolutely wonderful fit for Shorecrest and that she embraces the School’s mission, values and culture. Both she and our school have accomplished much over the past 25 years, and we are excited about the future of Shorecrest under Nancy’s leadership. Nancy has the vision, experience, temperament and passion to lead Shorecrest to Be More into the next decade and beyond.
The Board of Trustees will look for ways to introduce Nancy and her family more fully to our community over the course of the next school year. I know you will join us in welcoming them.
We deeply appreciate the tireless work of the Search Committee and the guidance and insight provided by our community. Thank you for your time and input in this important process.
Board of Trustees
Immediate Past Board Chair
Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees